A lot of the draft measurables used do not translate to success at the quarterback position in the NFL. It's possible McElroy was downgraded because his numbers didn't pop off the charts and he played on a very talented offense in college. That does not mean he will not be a good NFL quarterback. Quarterbacking in the NFL is hard to measure with a 40 time and a long jump. Its about just as many things that can not be measured. Like timing, anticipation, toughness, leadership, and intelligence (which can be measured to a point). Again I'm not saying he will be good or not.
Oh stop it. Of course they do. http://www.footballo...rs.com/stats/qb
6th, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, UDFA, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st...etc. Of course they translate over. If you're landing a starting QB you're generally landing one in the first 3 rounds and even more so in the first. Of course it's possible to find one elsewhere, it's just not probable. The odds are against him, that's really the only point I was making.
Statistics generally don't get figured into scouting reports to the degree at which you're arguing here. The Colt Brennans and Kliff Kingsburys of the college world never get taken that seriously because their physical deficiencies are blatantly obvious. That's where scouting pretty much starts and then they take it from there. McElroy was drafted in the 6th because nothing physically popped out on tape in the sense of him turning in to a starter anywhere near the immediate future, notably his arm strength which is incredibly weak, particularly with driving the deep ball. The consensus on him was that you could groom him to be a decent backup and he could possibly even turn in to a decent starter somewhere along the line because of his experience and intelligence. Today's performance doesn't really offer up any real basis to shift the argument away from that or even further towards it simply because it's one game where he threw 7 passes. By most reports he hasn't been given a ton of opportunity in practices either. So at this point you're really just dealing with what we were dealing with before, the fact that we have no idea what we're dealing with and that the only information we have is what we had before.